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    Sale 2133

    American Furniture and Decorative Arts including English and Dutch Delft

    23 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 195

    A Pair of Chippendale Mahogany Side Chairs

    CARVING ATTRIBUTED TO THE "GARVAN" CARVER, PHILADELPHIA, 1755-1765

    Price Realised  

    A Pair of Chippendale Mahogany Side Chairs
    Carving attributed to the "Garvan" carver, Philadelphia, 1755-1765
    Both chairs retain their original slip-seats, marked II and V
    39½ in. high (2)


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    Displaying expertly rendered acanthus leaf carving on the knees, this pair of side chairs displays the work of Philadelphia's most important carver working in the 1750s and early 1760s. Highly influential and the master of his craft, this individual is known as the "Garvan" carver after the identification of his hand on a high chest in the Garvan Collection at Yale University Art Gallery. He was responsible for the introduction of much of the Rococo vocabulary that appears in Philadelphia carved ornament of the 1750s and 1760s. Hallmarks of his workmanship seen on the knee carving on these chairs include the presence of flattened leaf tips relieved with parallel gouge marks and leaf tips with a distinctive singular hook. Recent examples of his work to appear on the marketplace include the Fisher-Fox family tea table, sold Christie's New York, October 3, 2007, lot 94.

    Provenance

    Joe Kindig, Jr. & Son, York, Pennsylvania, circa 1995


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection